Martin sheriff: Teen with knife threatened South Fork High students


A 19-year-old South Fork High School student held a knife Tuesday morning on the bus ride to the Stuart school, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said.

He threatened to kill his classmates.

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A student snapped a picture of the teen, whom the sheriff’s office says has special needs and is in the exceptional student education program, and sent it to a parent. The parent notified deputies, who intercepted the student when he arrived at the school.

But the teen ran. He was enraged and aggressive, the sheriff’s office said. A deputy twice fired a stun gun at the teen but it hit his backpack. The deputy then pulled a gun.

A school employee used a belt to restrain the student and they wrestled on the ground until the knife was out of the student’s hand.

“The people on the scene were heroic,” Sheriff William Snyder said. “This day could have been so different.”

No one was injured. Snyder said under normal circumstance the teen likely would have been charged with aggravated assault. Instead, he is receiving treatment at a mental health facility in Fort Pierce. Snyder doesn’t expect the teen to face criminal charges.


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